Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

As of Thursday evening, March 19, all of California is under a "stay at home" order. Full information (and video of the Governor’s address) is available https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/19/governor-gavin-newsom-issues-stay-at-home-order/  updates from Governor Newsom available at https://www.gov.ca.gov/newsroom/ Monterey County has  instituted sweeping emergency measures including a SHELTER-IN PLACE order implemented to halt the spread of COVID-19. These disruptions have impacted Seaside businesses.  Here are some links that may be of assistance:

Please check back often as this page will be updated as more info becomes available. 

Join the NorCal SBDC for an online seminar on quickly repairing your credit, an essential topic for small businesses who are struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Date: 3/31/2020
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)
  • Registration Deadline: 3/30/2020 11:59 PM (PDT)
  • Fee: No Fee
  • Point of Contact: Alan Montague (773) 459-8942

Repairing your credit is always a good idea, especially if you might need a loan any time soon.

This webinar will look at the credit repair process that the SBDC recommends and provide some tips on how you can start on the process yourself today.

Topics covered:

  • Getting your Report
  • Connecting with the SBDC
  • Identifying Quick Fixes

Joe Rodola has 45 years of experience in financial services and credit counselling and consults for the SBDC

Useful Monterey County Information

Employer & Employee Resources:

Taxes

Loans, Financial Assistance & Training:

  • Access to Capital programs remain in place, including special disaster assistance at the state and federal levels:
  • Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) is working with education partners and members to engage with a free, online Monterey Bay Career Coach -- this is one way to help graduating seniors explore education and career options, and for employers to hire summer interns for projects that can be completed remotely.

Utilities

PG& E : announced a moratorium on disconnects; payment plans available;
https://www.pge.com/en_US/about-pge/company-information/protective-protocols/covid19.page 

The Central Coast Broadband Consortium has prepared a list of broadband resources that will be updated on their site https://centralcoastbroadbandconsortium.org/  as the situation develops.

AT & T :No usage caps on data for home based internet (like small business from home)Public Wi-Fi hotspots- "We won’t terminate service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer due to an inability to pay their bill as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – and we’re waiving late payment fees for those customers." https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.htm

TMobile: Unlimied smartphone data for the next 60 days Additional 10gb of mobile hotspot https://www.t-mobile.com/brand/ongoing-updates-covid-19#customers

Verizon: Waiving late fees and suspending service termination for customers https://www.verizon.com/about/news/update-verizon-serve-customers-covid-19

CAL AM Water: Discontinuing service shut offs. If you service was turned off prior March 12, 2020, they are going to restart the service now. https://amwater.com/caaw/

Marina Coast Water: Office is closed to public access until April 8th 2020. Please visit their website at https://www.mcwd.org/

Seaside Municipal Water: no shutoffs scheduled as of 3-18-2020.

There may be some extensions allowed by the DMV https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv

COVID-19 Scams & Price Gouging

If you receive calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from the Treasury Department and offering COVID-19 related grants or stimulus payments in exchange for personal financial information, or an advance fee, tax, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond.  These are scams.  Please contact the FBI at www.ic3.gov so that the scammers can be tracked and stopped.

CA penal code 396 prohibits price gouging-raiding the price of many consumer goods and services by more than 10% after an emergency has been declared. Find out more from the CA Attorney General’s FAQs on price gouging.

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